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					Pilkington Activ™

                                     The forecast will
                                     always be clear and cool.

    Pilkington Activ™
    Self-cleaning and solar control glass
    for conservatories.
                                             Conservatories –
                                             bringing the outside in.
                                             A conservatory is more than just an extension
 “Pilkington Activ™
                                             to your house. It can be somewhere to enjoy
   has made such a
   difference to the way                     the peace and tranquillity of the garden no
   I spend my time in the                    matter what the weather is doing, a place to
   conservatory. With                        entertain or much needed extra space for the
   Pilkington Activ™ Blue
                                             children to play. But whatever your reason
   in the roof – I rarely get
   too hot – and seldom                      for adding a conservatory to your home, it is
   have to clean the glass                   a significant investment, and choosing the
   either. Brilliant!”                       right glass will only add to its value.
   Mrs R Shelmerdine,

                                                                                                                                              Courtesy of Franklin Conservatories
                                                Self Clean Coating

                                                                                                           Self-cleaning clear and
                                                                                                           blue glass – a world first
                                                                                                           from Pilkington.
                                                                                                           Pilkington Activ™ is the world’s first self-cleaning
                                                                                                           glass. It’s basically the same as conventional
                                                                                                           glass, except for a unique dual action coating. It
1. The window is exposed to daylight                      4. Rainwater hits window and sheets down glass
                                                                                                           works in two ways: first it uses daylight to break
                                                                                                           down organic dirt (such as bird droppings) and
                                                                                                           then it uses rain to wash the dirt away.
                                                                                                           Pilkington Activ™ also dries off faster leaving the
                                                                                                           glass clean and with reduced streaks, which gives
                                                                                                           you beautifully clear views and makes it ideal for
                                                                                                           all the windows in the conservatory.

2. Daylight triggers the Pilkington Activ™ coating        5. Dirt is washed away by rain
                                                                                                           Pilkington Activ™ Blue and
                                                                                                           Pilkington Activ™ Neutral combine the
                                                                                                           benefits of self-cleaning with solar control
                                                                                                           performance, making them the perfect choice
                                                                                                           for hard to reach places that are difficult to
                                                                                                           clean, which also require solar control such
                                                                                                           as conservatory roofs.

3. Reaction loosens organic dirt                          6. Window is left clean
Frequently asked questions.                        Benefits of glass over polycarbonate
What is self-cleaning glass?
                                                   for conservatory roofs.
Pilkington Activ™ is a Pilkington Optifloat™
                                                   • Glass provides a better view than
glass with a special coating on the outside that
                                                    polycarbonate, which can also become
has a unique dual action. Once exposed to
                                                    very dirty, very quickly.
daylight, the coating breaks down any
organic dirt and then causes rainwater to          • Due to its reduced maintenance requirements,
                                                    self-cleaning glass is safer for hard to reach
‘sheet’ down the glass to wash the dirt away.
                                                    places such as conservatory roofs.
The coating has been designed to last as long
as the glass itself. The coating is durable and    • Glass, especially Pilkington Activ   ™
will not need reapplying.                           and Pilkington Activ Neutral, provide

                                                    improved solar control.
Where can Pilkington Activ™ be used?               • A glass roof is much quieter than
Almost any exterior application, such as            polycarbonate in rain and hail.
windows, conservatories, façades and glass
roofs. It is especially useful for inaccessible    Pilkington Activ™ range comprises:
windows where organic dirt normally collects,      Pilkington Activ™ Clear – a clear coloured
where cleaning can be difficult, such as            self-cleaning glass.
skylights. Pilkington Activ works best where
                                                   Pilkington Activ™ Blue – an attractive blue
both sunlight and rain can reach the glass,        tinted glass that combines self-cleaning with
although it does not need direct sunlight to       solar control.
work effectively.                                  Pilkington Activ™ Neutral – a neutral coloured
                                                   glass that combines self-cleaning with
Note: The minimum recommended angle is
                                                   solar control.
10 degrees from horizontal, so that rainwater
can flush off loosened deposits.

Will my windows ever need cleaning?
We cannot say that your windows will never
need cleaning – that depends on the amount
of dirt and the amount of rain the glass in
your windows receives. We can say that
Pilkington Activ™ reduces the amount of
maintenance required. If cleaning is
necessary – such as during long dry spells or
if your windows are heavily soiled – it will be
much less frequent and much easier than
with conventional glass, either by gentle
hosing to replicate rainfall or using a soft
cloth and warm soapy water.

Does it work on cloudy days and at night?
Pilkington Activ™ needs only a small amount
of UV radiation to activate the coating – so it
works on even overcast days and throughout
                                                                                                     Courtesy of Franklin Conservatories
the night.
            Standard glass                           Pilkington Activ™ Blue
           conservatory roof                            conservatory roof           Solar control –
                                                                                    reducing the sun’s heat.
                                                                                    Pilkington Activ™ Blue and
                                                                                    Pilkington Activ™ Neutral combine the
                                                                                    revolutionary benefits of a self-cleaning
                                                                                    coating with solar control and good
                                                                Pilkington Activ™
                                                                                    light transmission.
                                                                 Neutral in the
                                                                                    In summer months, glass with solar
                                                                                    control can help prevent heat build up
                                                                                    by significantly reducing the amount of
                                                                                    heat allowed to pass into your conservatory.

         Transmits more heat                       Reflects heat and helps
        and allows temperature                   maintain a more comfortable
            to rise quickly                              environment

“Cleaning my
                               Benefits of
 conservatory has              Pilkington Activ™ Blue and
 always been a problem         Pilkington Activ™ Neutral.
 – especially with the
 tree sap in the               • Combines solar control and
 summer. Having                  self-cleaning properties.
 Pilkington Activ™
 installed in the              • Helps reduce heat build up – further
 windows and roof                ventilation may also be required.
 means that now, I can
 sit back and relax –
                               • Its self-cleaning properties work on
 and enjoy the weather.”         cloudy days and during the night.

 Mr T Lunt,                    • Easily cleaned during dry spells
 Chelmsford.                     by hosing down.

                               • Self-clean coating lasts the lifetime of
                                 the glazing.

                               • Offers excellent aesthetics.
                               • It allows good light transmittance.
                               • Using all Pilkington Activ products

                                 helps reduce the appearance of
                                 external condensation.

                                 Reflecting Solar Heat    Self Clean Coating
Thermal insulation.
When it comes to conservatories, we think                                             Outside                                                                       Inside
you should be able to enjoy yours,
comfortably, all year round. That’s why
we suggest choosing an insulating glass unit
that combines Pilkington Activ™ Blue or
Pilkington Activ™ Neutral with a low E glass
such as Pilkington K Glass™ That way, dual
solar control and thermal insulation can help
your conservatory maintain a comfortable
temperature throughout the year.

Thermal insulation - keeping the heat in.
Pilkington K Glass™ which usually forms
the inner pane of a double-glazing unit,
has a special low emissivity coating to help
                                                                                                    Pilkington Activ™ Blue with Pilkington K Glass™
reduce the amount of heat that escapes
through your windows. This is particularly                                                                     meeting current European standards.

important for conservatories in winter,
when it can be difficult to maintain a
comfortable temperature. The special
energy-saving coating on Pilkington K Glass™                                                              Benefits of thermal insulation.

lets the sun’s rays through, but reflects heat
                                                                                                          •    Low E glass makes double glazed insulating
from fires and radiators back into your home,                                                                   glass units as effective as triple glazing.
saving energy and reducing your heating bills.
                                                                                                          •    Allows you to increase the glazed area of
                                                                      Reduced Energy Costs                     a building without increasing heat loss.
Note: Pilkington Activ™ can be combined
with a vast range of other Pilkington                                                                     •    Allows you to stay comfortable whilst using

products to help with other issues                                                                             less energy.

e.g. security, sound insulation, safety,                                                                  •    Reduces unsightly internal condensation.
climate control.
                                                                                                          •    Helps to save energy, reducing heat loss by
                                                                                                               up to 45%.
                                                                        Thermal Insulation

The table below gives a simple comparison between standard double glazing, polycarbonate, and high performance Pilkington Activ™ conservatory options.

                         Normal                    4mm Pilkington Activ™ Blue    4mm Pilkington Activ™ Blue     4mm Pilkington Activ™ Neutral   4mm Pilkington Activ™ Neutral
                         double                     16mm Argon filled cavity*      16mm Argon filled cavity*        16mm Argon filled cavity*        16mm Argon filled cavity*
                         glazing                     4mm Pilkington K Glass™    4mm Pilkington Optitherm™ SN       4mm Pilkington K Glass™       4mm Pilkington Optitherm™ SN

  Light                   81%          68%                    49%                            51%                             42%                             44%

  Total Solar
  Radiant Heat            0.76         0.55                   0.41                           0.37                            0.43                            0.38
  Transmittance, g

  U-Value                  2.7         1.75                   1.5*                           1.2*                            1.5*                            1.2*

  Dual Action
  External Surface

*Based on 90% gas fill.

This publication gives a general description of the product and materials. It is the
responsibility of the users to ensure that their use is appropriate for any particular
application and that such application complies with all relevant local and national
legislation, standards, codes of practice and other requirements.
Pilkington Group Limited and its subsidiaries hereby disclaim all liability howsoever
arising from any error in or omission from this publication and all consequences of
relying on it. Pilkington Activ™ is a trademark of the Pilkington Group.

         CE marking confirms that a product complies with its relevant harmonised European Norm.
   The CE marking label for each product, including declared values, can be found at www.pilkington.com/CE

                                    Pilkington Building Products - UK
                           Prescot Road St Helens WA10 3TT United Kingdom
                                Telephone 01744 692000 Fax 01744 692880

                                                                                                             5301 – November 2007

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